Pakistan nurse wants to relocate abroad

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I am a registered nurse in Pakistan, hold master degree in nursing MAN from UPOU Philippines, BSN from UCLAN UK, Diploma in general nursing, post basic Diplom in oncology nursing from Pakistan. Currently working in Pakistan, now I want to relocate abroad, please which could tries offers better jobs for nurses regardless age limits. I have about 40 years of work experience as nurse on different positions bed side nursing to nursing administration. Regards

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Nurse Beth, MSN

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Dear Wants to Re-locate,

With your extensive nursing qualifications and 40 years of experience, you have a strong foundation for pursuing nursing opportunities abroad. While I can provide some general guidance on countries often open to hiring experienced international nurses, it's important to note that each country has specific requirements and regulations for foreign-trained nurses. It's advisable to research the specific needs and regulations of the country you are interested in and consider consulting with immigration and nursing regulatory authorities. Here are a few countries that are known to be open to hiring experienced international nurses:

United States. The United States has a high demand for nurses, and many healthcare facilities are open to hiring international nurses. To work as a nurse in the U.S., you must pass the NCLEX-RN exam, meet English language proficiency requirements, and obtain the necessary visas and credentials. 

Canada. Canada is another country that actively recruits internationally trained nurses. The specific requirements vary by province, but you will typically need to pass the NCLEX-RN exam, meet English or French language proficiency requirements, and apply for licensure through the respective provincial nursing regulatory body.

United Kingdom. You already have a BSN from UCLAN, which can be advantageous if you're considering working in the U.K. Nurses with international qualifications can apply for registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Australia. Australia has a skilled migration program that includes nursing as an eligible profession. To work as a nurse in Australia, you would generally need to meet registration requirements with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and potentially undergo an English language proficiency test.

Middle Eastern Countries. Some Middle Eastern countries, such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, have a demand for experienced nurses. They often offer competitive salary packages to attract international healthcare professionals.

European Union. Some European countries may hire internationally trained nurses, but the requirements and availability of positions can vary. Research the specific country's nursing regulatory body for details.

New Zealand. New Zealand also needs healthcare professionals, including nurses. You would typically need to meet registration requirements with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Remember that visa requirements, licensing processes, and eligibility criteria change over time, so staying up-to-date with the latest information from the relevant authorities in your chosen destination is crucial. Additionally, consider factors like language proficiency and cultural adaptation when pursuing opportunities abroad. Consulting with an immigration attorney or an agency specializing in international nursing placements can also help navigate the process.

Best wishes on finding a fantastic opportunity abroad.

Nurse Beth

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